“The Secret to One of the Country’s Best Gins? Bees.” by Christoper Hughes, Boston Magazine

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In the wide, dizzying terrain of craft gin, small-batch producers tend to put in inordinate amount of pride in the breadth and diversity of their product’s botanical anatomy. We’ve come a long way from streamlined London Drys like Tanqueray that focused on juniper and maybe one or two other defining herbs and spices. Now there are labels like Anchor Distilling’s Junipero with over a dozen “exotic botanicals” and Alexander Stein’s Monkey 47, an extreme case that utilizes 47 different plant … Continue reading

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“The Distillery of the Month for January 2015 is Caledonia Spirits” article by E-man Booze of Main St. Distilleries

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Few distillers have mastered the art of incorporating raw honey into their craft spirits.  Even fewer understand the complexities associated with the formation of Mother Nature’s finest food.  Under the guidance of honey bee expert Todd Hardie, Caledonia Spirits masterfully transforms honey into ethereal artisan spirits unparalleled in quality. CLICK HERE to read the full article.

Live from the hive: March 2015

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“Until the Next Bloom” by Annie Watson, Thistle Hill Studio

It was a difficult winter for the bees. At my house in the Champlain Valley, only one out of three colonies remains alive. We gave them a super of honey, and hope that they will make it through.

My beekeeper friend Bob writes: “Out of 16 colonies, 9 are still alive.  Some, like the one at Annie’s, look quite strong, but … Continue reading

November Newsletter 2014

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Building a sustainable Caledonia Cooperage

We have gathered white oak in the Champlain Valley of Vermont to make barrels. Each log is over 100 years old and grows very slowly in this cool climate, the northern limit of the white oak. Because of the national barrel shortage, we started this project to make barrels, and this required a forester to find white oak, a sawyer to quarter saw the wood, and a cooper to make the barrels. This will allow … Continue reading